Not sure where this recipe originated since it was in my binder for awhile. Since we have 10 pounds of cranberries in the freezer this year, I thought we should make use of them. We served this as a side dish with a smoked pork loin, which I sliced into thin slices and reheated gently on top of the stove, in a mixture of red grapefruit juice and some fresh rosemary. It would be great with poultry, i.e. instead of the usual cranberry relish. We also used it the next day with salmon. Equally good. Enjoy! Buen provecho!
Cranberry Orange Chutney with Cumin, Fennel and Mustard Seeds
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 1 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, cut into matchstick-size strips
1 tablespoon minced seeded Serrano chile (without the seeds)
3/4 cup water
1 pound fresh cranberries or frozen, thawed
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup matchstick-size strips orange peel (orange part only)
Pinch of salt
The Technique: Simmered
Simmering (to cook at about 185°F) cooks the berries and other ingredients at just the right rate. How to tell if your sauce is simmering? Small bubbles should break the surface around the edges of the pan. This technique softens the berries and allows enough time for all of the flavors to meld.
Bring sugar and vinegar to boil in heavy small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and set aside.
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add cumin, fennel, and mustard seeds; stir until mustard seeds pop, about 1 minute. Add onion; cook until beginning to brown, stirring constantly, about 6 minutes. Add ginger and chile; stir until chile softens, about 2 minutes. Add vinegar mixture, 3/4 cup water, all cranberries, orange peel, and salt. Simmer until juices thicken, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Cool, cover, and chill. DO AHEAD Can be made 3 days ahead. Keep chilled.